The convergence of trends like globalization, rapidly advancing technology, cyber espionage and trade wars mean we live in an age that requires new understanding of geopolitical risks to business operations, as well as risks to mergers and acquisition.
OODAloop.com is a resource designed to capture actionable insights into geopolitical risk, technological risk and cyber conflict in ways designed to support operational decisions and due diligence assessments.
A key resource is the free OODAloop Daily Pulse, which captures operational insights you need to know every morning. OODA members can access additional special reports into geopolitical risk including country studies on Russia, China, Iran and the DPRK:
Russia should be considered a kleptocracy, where the rule of law exists as long as it supports the objectives of the state and the ruling oligarchs. All U.S. businesses should exercise extreme caution before doing business in or with Russia. Our special report on The Russian Threat captures insights on the full spectrum of Russian capabilities and intention, including their actions in cyber conflict. For more read the continuously updated Russia Threat Brief.
Also, be sure to check out our special report: Russia 2020: What Will Putin Do Next?
Several countries have the capability to inflict harm on U.S. interests. However, China is the only one who has declared an intent to challenge the U.S. for global supremacy. China remains a closed society where challenges to party rule are met with harsh, sole crushing response. China is a powerhouse, but one with weaknesses. The same statement carries over to military and intelligence domains. For more read the continuously updated China Threat Brief.
Iran has been investing heavily in cyber operations and is experienced in conducting both espionage and attack. Iran is undemocratic, with power centered in a Supreme Leader (Ali Khamenei). A President exists but has little power compared to the Supreme Leader. But below them is a vibrant and powerful country of over 81 million. Iranian education systems and scientific pursuits make them a technologically empowered nation that can mount surprisingly sophisticated cyber operations. Iran Threat Brief.
North Korea describes itself as a “self-reliant socialist state” but it is really best described as a Stalinist dictatorship. Leader Kim Jong-un holds power and dominates all functions through a mix of violence, rewards and intense propaganda. A common misperception about the DPRK is that they are so backwards and poor that they cannot mount a modern cyber war. But reality is that their policy of “Songun” (military first) means there are resources for capabilities considered strategic, and that includes cyber war. North Korea Threat Brief
For more on these and other special member only reports see the OODA Network Resource Page.
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